Duke Ellington, the jazz musician and composer, once said that he found it much easier to write an interesting and inventive tune for a musician who only had three good notes, than for someone who could hit every note in all three octaves with virtuosity. For the same reason, artists will draw with their wrong hand or with a blindfold on; they do this in order to limit their possibilities and force themselves to make the most of what little is now available to them.

The same can apply to trying to decide what kind of life you are going to build. Having a huge number of possibilities can be a lot harder than only having a couple of options.

There is a practical application of the hoozyu Birkman report to this. In the last two sections of the report, Organizational Focus and Job Families, some people will score a long bar on virtually everything. Far from making life easier for them, it can make things difficult. They will be able to slot neatly into pretty well anything they try – but may struggle for years to find the authentic “me”. (Those around them may have the same problem, never sure of exactly who they are).

If that is you, my advice is to ignore those sections of the report for now and work hard on your top three Areas of Interest. Understand them individually and then try to see how they might fit together; you are more likely to get to the “real you” this way than by playing Russian Roulette with your 20 high job family scores.

And if you don’t have three high Area of Interest scores, even better – try focussing on the one or two that stand out. You will be playing a riff of your very own in no time at all.